There is a national budget allocation and plan of action for WASH in Schools. This plan of action is incorporated in the National Target Program of Rural Water and Sanitation and in the School Health Plan of Action.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) is the lead agency for implementation of WASH in Schools programming in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET).
Partners that assist with implementation of WASH in Schools programming include the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP/WB), Unilever, Procter & Gamble (P&G), and some other Non-Governmental Organizations.
Quality and Coverage of WASH in Schools Programming
With UNICEF’s support, MOET has developed a teacher’s guide book for WASH education. The guidebook is being utilized throughout the country in WASH in Schools target areas.
There is no functional Educational Management Information System (EMIS). However, the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) System of the National Target Program of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation includes school WASH indicators. Only main commune schools are counted/covered while branch commune schools are not counted/covered by the M&E System.
83% of schools have access to sanitation facilities. The government standard for pupils per latrine/toilet is 100 pupils per latrine/toilet.